On March 15, 1864, the first patients treated at Saint John Hospital were
a family of Civil War refugees. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
took the family in and cared for them even though the hospital wasn't
yet ready to open. Fast forward to 2014 and Saint John's staff has
been proudly celebrating its 150 year legacy of healing with a series
- A float commemorating Saint John's history in Leavenworth St. Patrick's
- Kick-off Reception for construction of new Emergency Room (ER) at Saint
John Medical Plaza
- Hospital Week Picnic with "guests from the past and future"
- Saint John Day and picnic at the Kansas City T-Bones
- Float in Leavenworth Veterans Day Parade
- Founder's Day Reception with a commemorative 150 ornament
Unveiling of 150th Celebration commissioned artwork to be hung in new ER
Prime Healthcare, which purchased the hospital from the Sisters of Charity
of Leavenworth Health System in 2013, has been supportive of the tradition
the Sisters began 150 years ago. "We've had a great celebration
this year. Not many hospitals can say they have been open since the Civil
War," says Jodi Fincher, Saint John's Chief Nursing Officer/On-site
Administrator. "Prime's commitment to provide quality healthcare
for the community matches the legacy the Sisters' gave us and takes
it even a step further."
"We are excited that Prime has invested $4 million in our new ER,"
continues Fincher. "Our experienced staff will still offer individualized
patient care, but it will be in a state-of-the-art facility that is much
more accessible for our patients and EMS." The new ER is scheduled
to be completed in February or March 2015. "The hospital's foundress,
Mother Xavier Ross, had a famous saying: "Look forward to the good
that is yet to be," Fincher says. "When the new ER is open,
we plan to celebrate the beginning of the next 150 years with a ribbon
cutting for the community."